Danese Kenon is a visual leader, coach and educator who has evolved with the journalism industry over the last two decades. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Virginia State University, she attended The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. as a Visual Fellow. This academic boot camp changed her perception of photojournalism. It was there that she learned visual journalism more than just 'pretty pictures.' – it also came with responsibility to convey and share the truth.
In the fall of 2000, she was a Chips Quinn Scholar at The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, and later became a full-time photographer with the paper. After three years in Rochester, N.Y., she attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and received a Master of Science degree in Photography. A Pulliam Fellowship took Kenon to The Indianapolis Star, where she would spend the next eight years. She would soon take the roll of Assistant Managing Editor of Visuals at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Currently, Danese Kenon is the Deputy Director of Photography for Video/Multimedia at the Tampa Bay Times. Kenon often teaches leadership and multimedia journalism to organizations like The Kalish, Multimedia Immersion and to the students of the National Association of Black Journalists. You can follow her on twitter @danesekenon.